from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fringed strings of silk, cotton, or worsted, formerly given at a wedding to the friends of the bride and groom to tie up the rosemary-sprigs they carried (see bride-branch). After the ceremony they were twisted into the hats or in the hair, and worn as streamers.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
_Bride-favours_, anciently called bride-lace, were at first pieces of gold, silk or other lace, used to bind up the sprigs of rosemary formerly worn at weddings.